Mormodes tezontle S.Rosillo de Velasco 1980 SECTION Mormodes Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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Common Name The Tezontle Mormodes [A Red Pourous Rock in Mexico]

Flower Size 2 2/5" [6 cm]

Found in Mexico on the Pacific coast in Jalisco, Michoacan and Guerrero in tropical deciduous forests and warm oak forests on rotting wood at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovoid to ovoid-fusiform pseudbulbs enveloped by white-silver, leaf-bearing sheaths with a short spine at the apex and carries several, basally clasping, plicate, deciduous, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, acuminate leaves and blooms in late winter and spring while leafless on a lateral, erect, racemose, many flowered inflorescence on a mature leafless pseudobulb carrying showy, fragrant flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I plate 66 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 1 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo

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